Your 2023 DJS in Martinborough

Brendon Varcoe - Nelson

“Tango and the country of Argentina hold a special place in my heart. I am excited to be able to share my love and passion for tango through my DJ’ing. Music is such a big part of my life. As well as playing and studying bandoneon in Buenos Aires, currently, I am also studying a Masters degree in Orchestration so my love of the orchestra has given me a deep appreciation for both traditional tango orchestras as well as the many incredible modern tango orchestras. I have tremendous respect for the musicians of today who continue the tradition of playing live in the milonga as well as those who have gone before.All music evokes emotion and tango music especially, from the dramatic to the playful, the romantic to the melancholic, the best music brings out the emotion in the dance and always when I prepare a playlist I am thinking with this in the forefront of my mind. So expect a playlist full of life, emotion, a little drama and hopefully some fun, because at the end of the day we all come together in this great dance to enjoy ourselves and the people around us."

Maida Zanaboni - Auckland

Maida arrived in NZ , from New York City, in December 2001 with her music collection. Listening to and collecting music is her bliss. The dancers joy, when they are dancing to a track that they connect to is her joy. As a dancer herself, her personal taste goes into her choice of music. In all her travels, she always makes it a point to return here with new and interesting tracks that she’s heard from other DJ'saround the world. “My aim is to keep the energy high and leaving the dancers wanting more."

Luis Tabera - Buenos Aires

“I grew up in the city of La Plata, very close to Buenos Aires. I started dancing and listening to tango music when I was 18 years old, and since then I have been very passionate about it. I am learning more and more every day. I took part in many festivals as a dancer, organiser and DJ. I learned from the old milongueros the art of listening and I am passionate about old and classic tango without excluding modern and new tango music. Every milonga has something special like every dance partner. Playing music creates such a great emotion in me that I want to do my best in every event I am invited to. I like to observe the dancers and try to interpret the energy that is generated on the dance floor, by merging the orchestras in a harmonious way without losing the continuity.

I've been in New Zealand since March 2020 and it will be an immense pleasure to play music at this beautiful and long-awaited Spring Tango Festival, for all those who want to dance, embrace, feel, laugh, enjoy and share this beautiful dance called TANGO.”

Craig Barkworth - Wellington

Craig is based in Wellington and had been teaching classes of tango for 10 years, within the school Tango Del Alma with his wife Regine, until retiring from class teaching a year ago.

Craig and Regine have organised and run The Free Fringe Milonga for the past 10 years where Craig’s skills as music provider have been honed.

His tastes in tango music are based mainly in the ‘golden age’, with some tandas easing into the 50’s with some very popular, danceable tunes.

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